Adding colour to customised stitches – Stitchmastery weekly tip

Today we’re having a look at customising
stitches to have different coloured backgrounds. In addition to using
different colours to represent different colors of yarn, Stitchmastery charts can
be coloured to provide extra clarity for the knitter. While you can use the colors
in the palette to do this – so for instance, if I want one of my cables to
be light green, I can use the colours option to achieve that, but as you see
the cable symbol itself in the key remains with its white background and we have light green added as a yarn colour. This may not be exactly what you’re
looking for. but you can use the customising stitches tool to do this. In
order to edit or duplicate any stitches in Stitchmastery you need to have your
own User Stitch Sibrary and this is because the default libraries can’t be
edited. It’s very easy to set up your own user stitch library and I’ve linked to
another video in the description of this one which takes you through that process. I would suggest starting there. So as you learn in that video, creating a user
stitch library is done in the Preferences option – open Preferences,
making sure that the drop down menu is open.
Choose the stitch libraries tab and I’m choosing a user library I’ve already
created. I’m going to come to edit the cable I was working with there to
turn green.. it was the “one by one right cross”, so I have just used the filter
option to type 1/1 to find the stitch easily. And here you have two options – you can either duplicate the stitch, which means that you can create (as I will do) a
stitch with a green background but also keep the one with the white background
in your library – so if you want to use a white background one in future, it will
still be there. If you’re sure that for all your patterns you always want this
particular cable stitch to have a green background,
you can use the edit option. So I’m going to come to Duplicate and we get the Edit stitch
dialog, and as you’ll see it comes up with copy of “one by one right cross”. This
dialogue is otherwise exactly the same as what will appear if you click Edit. Instead I’m going to change this to “light green one by one right cross”, and then
coming to Edit Appearance, and the colours are edited here in the top. So you see we
have background colour and by default that is set to none, as in it takes the
color from the yarn – a default chart in Stitchmastery assumes that you’re
knitting with white yarn essentially. But if I uncheck this and click on the white
rectangle, I can then go in and choose a different colour, and have my background
change. You’ll also notice we have the foreground colour option which has
unchecked itself now – so you can either have it set to none and to automatically
contrast with the background colour, or you can set the colour that you want. So
for this video, we’ll choose a dark purple and that changes over. Click OK, and just to double check, this is saving in my two stitch cables drawer –
I’ll click OK, and we can see that the light green version has now been added
to my stitch palette. One thing to note – I haven’t actually put in an abbreviation,
so let’s pop back in and “1/1 RC with” … did you spot that?
When I’ve typed “1/1 RC” the program alerts me to the fact that
this is not a unique abbreviation. So I’ll pop light green at the end, hit OK, and
we’ll hit OK again, and apply and close. When we come to the Two stitch cable drawer in the palate stitches here straight away, and this is because I have my user
stitch library set as the specific library for this chart already, but if
you’ve just created a user stitch library for the first time or you
haven’t already picked your user stitch library for your chart so far, then we
need to come to Diagram, Edit Diagram Properties. Choose the stitch library a
text templates tab and choose your user stitch library in the drop down menu, and
you may also want to refresh the texts and key, although that makes no difference to this particular chart because I haven’t got the new stitch in the chart. So had I chosen to edit the stitch rather than duplicate it, then the text
would regenerate for the key. But what I will need to do is select my new stitch
and replace the ones that I want to replace, but I don’t have to do them all
individually. So obviously you can see that we have this a few more times in
the chart, but if I come to the original stitch in my key, select it and then hit
delete, then because the stitch is already in the chart, Stitchmastery
alerts me to this fact and needs me to choose what will go in its place – so it
won’t allow me to just delete the stitch without telling it what I want to use
instead. So, I can choose my new cable, hit OK,
and it replaces all the stitches and removed the symbol from my key. I can also just go through and tidy up the use of yarn colours, which I don’t need so just hit
delete on both those. For comparison sakes,
let’s actually edit the other cable stitch rather than duplicating a new
version. So I’m going to right click on the symbol and click customize, and again let’s just filter “1/1” and I have my “one by one left crossing cable”. So I’m going to click Edit and let’s call this pink in the name and abbreviation, then edit appearance – so let’s take a deep pink for the background color, and let’s check
that [it should still] – the foreground colour should automatically contrast with the
background colour. So in this view, we still have the foreground lines in black. If we click OK and OK, you can see that they are white in the actual stitch to
contrast. So click OK and you may expect that [the stitch] – because we’ve edited the
actual stitch that’s already in use, that it should update automatically but it
doesn’t quite do that. However, if we come back to the palette drawer and left click on this stitch to select it, it’s now in our drawing tool and we get
this dialog opening up. So it says “the key in the chart contains a different
version of the stitch than the version on the drawing tool” – so in the chart we
have the original version and in the drawing tool – as in the pencil tool that
we’ve just selected (if we hadn’t changed anything to do with this stitch, I would
be able to put the stitch straight into the chart) – so on the drawing tool we’ve
got the pink version and it gives me the option to choose which version of the
stitch I want to use. So I’m going to stick with
the drawing tool version and it says “if you choose the version on the drawing
tool then the key in the chart and all of the stitches in the chart will be
updated” – so that’s what I want. Click OK and they automatically update. And as I
mentioned the foreground lines are in white to contrast. So hopefully,
depending on the colours that you use, you can use this option to make your charts
clearer to read. And one final thing to point out – if we decide that actually I
don’t like this stitch the way I’ve customised it – come back into the
customising menu, find that stitch again, if we click Edit we have the option to
revert to system settings. Just click that, it brings it right back, click OK and
ok. Exactly same thing happens – we’ve still got the current version in the chart, but
again if I go and select on it as though I was good to add it to the chart, we get
the opposite version of the dialog – “use the variation on the drawing tool” and
that brings us back to our original version.

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